How To Get Fondant The Colour Of Gold

Decorating By Immelda Updated 22 May 2015 , 7:47am by redgbee

Immelda Posted 20 May 2015 , 6:38am
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H there guys. I want to make a heart shaped cake for a very special lady and I want to make it with fondant and the colour must be gold ( a heart of gold theme).

My question is how do I get that beautiful gold colour. Do I colour the fondant beforehand or can I 'paint' it gold afterwards. I thought of painting it afterwards but not sure if I will get the even look if I do that.

 Any suggestions please.

Thank you 


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Bogginboy Posted 20 May 2015 , 7:24am
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Not sure about coloring it beforehand but I know gold luster dust should work for painting, my aunt and I used silver luster dust for my parents 25th anniversay cake and it worked great, and this is just a theory but maybe it's possible to mix some luster dust in with the fondant? I'd try a small amount as luster dust is not too cheap but mix the luster dust with liquid first if you try it otherwise it'll disappear in the fondant 

Bogginboy Posted 20 May 2015 , 7:27am
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And should you paint it I'd use bottled lemon juice some people use vodka but I don't even use vanilla extract with alcohol in it and there is debate over if the lemon juice dries as quick as the vodka but having only used water and lemon juice it does evaporate faster than water and it doesn't leave the fondant soggy which is what matters

Immelda Posted 20 May 2015 , 7:45am
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Thank you Bogginboy.

I think I will try the painting after the cake is covered.  I have never used lemon juice before in this way. Do you mean I must mix the luster dust in a bit of lemon juice? I used the Rolken Quick dry essence for a silver boarder before. Would this also work.

Oh and what type of brush will work best.



SquirrellyCakes Posted 20 May 2015 , 12:32pm
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You can use clear vanilla or oil based extracts or vodka with the lustre dust.  Also can be mixed with tylose  gum glue and confectioner's glaze according to some sites but I have only ever mixed with vodka or clear vanilla or lemon extract which is oil based.  And you paint it on using food safe or clean brushes or sponges.  You can spray on using  an airbrush.  I like the makeup sponges that are wedge shaped.  I buy them at the dollar stores.

You can dry brush it on the fondant covered cake but the effect will be different.

Not sure where you live but here in Canada, you can buy 24 karat gold leaf at art supply stores and you can also use this.  But it has to be 24 karat to be considered edible.

You wouldn't mix either the dust or the leaf in with fondant to cover a cake.  

For a whole cake it is going to take quite a bit. 

If you try some Google searches or searches here on the site, you will find a lot of information on this subject.

SquirrellyCakes Posted 20 May 2015 , 7:05pm
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Wilton makes a spray gold paint that can be used. I am not familiar with the product.

Hoolibaker Posted 21 May 2015 , 12:32am
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If you will be coloring a whole cake I would use the Wilton gold spray.  Painting it with good luster dust will leave streak marks and you will have to use a lot.  One can of the spray goes a long way.  I use the silver spray all the time.  

Bogginboy Posted 21 May 2015 , 2:34am
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I completely forgot about the Wilton gold spray it'll work the best and I've only ever heard good things about it never used it but I've heard good things about it so I'd definitely use it and as far as the lemon juice vs vodka thing all it is is you need the liquid element that evaporates fast water doesn't evaporate fast enough so you can't use it and while vodka does evaporate faster than lemon juice lemon juice does evaporate fast enough for me but like I said not fresh but bottled because it's concentrated where fresh has more water content but I don't use alcohol at all for anything so that's why I say lemon juice I do know from what I've heard vodka works better but I don't use it and lemon juice works fine for me so yeah but if you use the spray you don't have to worry about it and like they said it'd be a lot cheaper and go a lot farther

chandaje Posted 21 May 2015 , 2:50am
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I've used the gold spray quite often before.  Depending on what shade of gold you want it to be, you may want to color your fondant a yellow before.  I used it first on regular white fondant, and the gold was a very light color when I wanted a richer deep golden color.  I colored my fondant  yellow, and it turned out exactly like I wanted. I also found it was better to spray it on in layers, to help get a more even color. Good luck with it!

BradleyBryant17 Posted 21 May 2015 , 5:20am
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I agree with the Wilton Gold spray..My mom always ask me to buy that each time she bakes cake...She really like the color gold..

bubs1stbirthday Posted 21 May 2015 , 9:04am
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You could also dry brush the gold lustre dust on, that works really well too. Just start with a bronze coloured fondant and use a soft brush to add the dry dust, it will come out beautifully and you will use very little lustre dust.

bubs1stbirthday Posted 21 May 2015 , 9:10am
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bubs1stbirthday Posted 21 May 2015 , 9:13am
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Ooops - sorry, that was not meant to happen - I was trying to shrink that down so I could show you what it looked like dry brushed onto fondant and when I was trying to click on it I hit submit by accident and as there is no edit button I can't get to it to make it smaller sorry.

bubs1stbirthday Posted 21 May 2015 , 9:13am
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Ooops - sorry, that was not meant to happen - I was trying to shrink that down so I could show you what it looked like dry brushed onto fondant and when I was trying to click on it I hit submit by accident and as there is no edit button I can't get to it to make it smaller sorry.

rachel2053_cake Posted 21 May 2015 , 9:26am
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I love the dr oetker gold shimmer spray!

Immelda Posted 21 May 2015 , 10:13am
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oh what great ideas. Thank you so much everybody. I never thought of the gold spray before!! cakes are gorgeous, thanks for the pic. The makeup sponges are great too.


Life is soooo much easier when you have people willing to take the time to give suggestions.

very grateful indeed


mccantsbakes Posted 21 May 2015 , 10:41pm
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I read somewhere to tint your fondant with Wilton's "buttercup yellow" as a base for gold and then use which ever method (luster dust or spray etc) to achieve the color.   I have used the wilton gold works really nicely and isn't terribly expensive. 

You may want to check out this review on several luster products if you are doing that route.  Each brand varies slightly in coverage, consistence, color and application....some are food safe, others not.    Just a food for thought when deciding how to plan your project :)

mccantsbakes Posted 21 May 2015 , 10:42pm
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*that should have read "consistency"    Derp.    My auto correct likes to make me look foolish.    Le sigh.  

Immelda Posted 22 May 2015 , 6:08am
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Ahhh great thnks a mil

Immelda Posted 22 May 2015 , 6:16am
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thank you for the video mccantbakes. very good one!


redgbee Posted 22 May 2015 , 7:47am
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Another suggestion is that there is an Americolor gel paste that is "gold" in color as I used this one. You can use that as your base color for fondant, or yellow works best as base color for fondant. Then use luster dust in gold (different shades of gold there is) mixed in lemon extract, use paint brush to gently apply to the fondant. I recently used gold in my Star Wars cake for C3PO character. ( you can check my profile as i uploaded that picture this moment of writing) I don't know how to attach picture here. That's how i achieved the gold color. 

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